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LAS Teaching Faculty

Many of the LAII's affiliated faculty are involved in teaching Latin American coursework and advising Latin American Studies students. These faculty are most closely positioned to support LAS students' research, learning, and scholarship. We invite you to learn more about their areas of expertise by browsing the directory below.

In addition to the LAS Teaching Faculty, many other faculty at UNM are affiliated with the institute given their research or service to the region. These individuals are listed in our comprehensive directory of all LAII Affiliated Faculty.



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Photo: Ana  Alonso-Minutti

Ana Alonso-Minutti

    Associate Professor, Music


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Avant-garde Expressions
  • Contemporary Music
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Interdisciplinary Artistic Intersections

Photo: Sergio Ascencio

Sergio Ascencio

    Assistant Professor, Political Science


Research Areas

  • Political institutions in Latin America
  • Electoral manipulation and party strategy in developing democracies
  • Formal/Game Theory and Quantitative Methods

Photo: Melissa  Axelrod

Melissa Axelrod

    Professor Emerita, Linguistics


Country Specialization(s)

  • Guatemala
  • US Southwest

Research Areas

  • Ixil Mayan Linguistics
  • Language Documentation and Revitalization
  • Morphosyntax and Semantics
  • Polysynthetic Languages

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Photo: Judy  Bieber

Judy Bieber

    Professor and Chair, History


Country Specialization(s)

  • Brazil

Research Areas

  • 19th Century Brazil
  • Comparative Slavery and Race Relations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • State Formation and Economic Development

Photo: Ronda  Brulotte

Ronda Brulotte

    Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies
    Associate Director for Academic Programs, Latin American & Iberian Institute


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • Latin America

Research Areas

  • Commodities and Materialism
  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • Food Systems
  • Tourism Geography
  • Transnational Indigeneity

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Photo: Lisa Cacari Stone

Lisa Cacari Stone

    Associate Professor, Health and Social Policy, Family and Community Medicine


Country Specialization(s)

  • United States
  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Health Care Access
  • Social determinants of health
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Multidisciplinary approaches
  • Focus on Mexico-New Mexico border and medically underserved hispanic and immigrant communities

Photo: Kency  Cornejo

Kency Cornejo

    Assistant Professor, Art and Art History


Country Specialization(s)

  • Central America

Research Areas

  • Femicide
  • Immigration
  • Indigenous Rights and Epistemologies
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Prisons
  • Race, Gender, (De)coloniality

Photo: Patricia  Covarrubias

Patricia Covarrubias

    Associate Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies
    Associate Professor, Communication and Journalism


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Communication Theory
  • Cultural and Intercultural Communication
  • Ethnography of Communication
  • Global Metaphors
  • Language, Thought, Behavior
  • Qualitative Research Methods

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Photo: Chris  Duvall

Chris Duvall

    Professor and Chair, Geography and Environmental Studies


Country Specialization(s)

  • Africa
  • Brazil

Research Areas

  • African Diaspora
  • Biogeography
  • Cultural and Historical Ecology
  • Food Geography
  • Science Studies

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Photo: Les  Field

Les Field

    Professor, Anthropology


Country Specialization(s)

  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Indigenous California
  • Nicaragua
  • Palestine

Research Areas

  • Collaborative Research Methods
  • Culture Change and Sovereignty
  • Nation States and Indigenous Peoples
  • Political Economy and Critical Theory

Photo: Richard  File-Muriel

Richard File-Muriel

    Associate Professor and Section Leader for Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese


Country Specialization(s)

  • Colombia

Research Areas

  • Colombian Varieties of Spanish
  • Language Change
  • Lexical Frequency
  • Sound Patterns
  • Spanish Phonology

Photo: Bill  Fleming

Bill Fleming

    Professor Emeritus, Community and Regional Planning


Country Specialization(s)

  • Ecuador
  • Honduras
  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Acequia Systems
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Living Roofs
  • Natural Resource Planning
  • Urban Hydrology
  • Watershed Management

Photo: Matías  Fontenla

Matías Fontenla

    Associate Professor, Economics


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua

Research Areas

  • Development Economics
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Latin American Economics
  • Macroeconomics

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Photo: Manuel  García y Griego

Manuel García y Griego

    Associate Professor, History
    Director of UNM Land Grant Studies Program


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Border and Migration Policies
  • Land Grants
  • Mexican Foreign Policy
  • Mexico-US Relations
  • Political History

Photo: Kimberly  Gauderman

Kimberly Gauderman

    Associate Professor, History


Country Specialization(s)

  • Andean Region
  • Central America
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Early and Modern Latin America
  • Ethnohistory
  • Gender Norms and Sexuality
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration and Asylum
  • Indigenous Peoples

Photo: Phillip (Felipe) Gonzáles

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • United States

Research Areas

  • Latino/a Studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Movements

Photo: Raul  Gouvea

Raul Gouvea

    Professor, International Management


Country Specialization(s)

  • Brazil
  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Economics and Business of Latin America
  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship
  • International Trade

H

Photo: Laura Harjo

Laura Harjo

    Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning


Country Specialization(s)

  • Ecuador
  • Latin America

Research Areas

  • Community Participatory Methods
  • Human/Civil/Indigenous Rights
  • Indigenous Planning
  • Social Media
  • Social Movements

Photo: Frances  Hayashida

Frances Hayashida

    Professor of Archaeology and Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Anthropology (Archaeology)


Country Specialization(s)

  • Chile
  • Peru

Research Areas

  • Ancient Agriculture and Water Management in Arid Environments
  • Beer Brewing
  • Craft Production
  • Ethnohistory, Ethnoarchaeology, Archaeometry
  • Human Impacts on the Environment
  • Political Ecology
  • Political Economy
  • States and Empires

Photo: Ray  Hernández-Dúran

Ray Hernández-Dúran

    Associate Professor, Art and Art History


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • New Spain
  • Peru

Research Areas

  • African Diaspora
  • Baroque Art and Architecture
  • Colonial Studies
  • Historiography and Methods
  • History, Visual, and Material Cultures
  • Indo-Hispanic Americas

Photo: Luis  Herrán Ávila

Luis Herrán Ávila

    Assistant Professor, History


Country Specialization(s)

  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Anti-communism
  • Cold War
  • Modern History
  • Political and Intellectual History
  • Revolutionary and Counterrevolutionary Violence
  • Right-wing Movements

Photo: Szu-Han  Ho

Szu-Han Ho

    Associate Professor of Art and Ecology and Graduate Program Director for Art and Ecology, Art and Art History


Country Specialization(s)

  • US Southwest
  • US-Mexico Borderlands

Research Areas

  • Sculpture, Performance, Installation, Sound
  • Immigration
  • Art and Activism

Photo: Carmen Julia  Holguín Chaparro

Carmen Julia Holguín Chaparro

    Senior Lecturer III and Undergraduate Program Director, Spanish and Portuguese


Research Areas

  • Latin American literature
  • Latin American literature of dictatorship
  • Literature of Mario Benedetti

Photo: Natasha Howard

Natasha Howard

    Lecturer III, Africana Studies
    Director, Charlie Morrissey Research Hall


Country Specialization(s)

  • Latin America

Research Areas

  • Black Experience in Latin America
  • Structural racism and racist discourse in the Americas
  • Black feminist theory and sociology
  • Racial dynamics between people of color

Photo: Mala  Htun

Mala Htun

    Professor, Political Science
    Deputy Director, Advance at UNM


Country Specialization(s)

  • Latin America

Research Areas

  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • Women's Rights

Photo: Elizabeth  Hutchison

Elizabeth Hutchison

    Professor, History
    Director, Feminist Research Institute


Country Specialization(s)

  • Chile
  • Southern Cone
  • Latin America

Research Areas

  • Cold War
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Human Rights
  • Latin American Labor History
  • Religion
  • Southern Cone
  • Twentieth-Century Chile

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Photo: Claudia Isaac

Claudia Isaac

    Professor, Community and Regional Planning


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Affordable Housing
  • Community Economic Development
  • Community-Engaged Scholarship and Practice
  • Gender and Economic Development
  • Neighborhood Planning and Land Use
  • Latin American Development Planning
  • Participatory Research

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Photo: Margaret  Jackson

Margaret Jackson

    Associate Professor, Art and Art History


Country Specialization(s)

  • Ancient Americas
  • Mesoamerica

Research Areas

  • Art And Visual Communication In The Ancient Americas
  • Moche Imagery And Iconography
  • Notation and Visual Literacy
  • Visual Cultures, Notation, Visual Literacy

Photo: Theodore (Ted)  Jojola

Theodore (Ted) Jojola

    Distinguished Professor, Community and Regional Planning
    Director, Indigenous Design & Planning Institute


Research Areas

  • Community Development
  • Indigenous Human Rights
  • Indigenous Planning
  • Tribal Economic Development

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Photo: Maria Lane

Maria Lane

    Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies


Country Specialization(s)

  • American West And Southwest
  • Atlantic Basic
  • Americas

Research Areas

  • Colonialism
  • Environmental Knowledge
  • Historical Geography
  • Political-Ecological Geographies

Photo: Michael  Lechuga

Michael Lechuga

    Assistant Professor, Communication and Journalism


Research Areas

  • Latina/o/x Futurism, Surveillance Studies, and Film Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Migration and Settler Colonialism Studies
  • Rhetoric and Affect Studies

Photo: Agustín  León-Moreta

Agustín León-Moreta

    Assistant Professor, Public Administration


Country Specialization(s)

  • Ecuador
  • Latin America

Research Areas

  • Empirical Research Methodologies
  • Federalism
  • Institutions
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Photo: Kimberle López

Kimberle López

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese


Country Specialization(s)

  • Brazil
  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • 19th and 20th Century Latin American Narrative
  • Literature of Conquest and Colonization in the Americas
  • Euro-American Contact in Literature

Photo: Miguel  López

Miguel López

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • US-Mexico Border

Research Areas

  • 20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature
  • Border Studies
  • Globalization
  • Mexican and Chicano Literature
  • Violence and Historical Trauma

Photo: Nancy  López

Nancy López

    Professor, Sociology
    Director & Co-founder, Institute for Study of "Race" & Social Justice


Country Specialization(s)

  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti

Research Areas

  • Education
  • Engaged Scholarship
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Inequality
  • Intersectionality
  • Latina/o/x Studies
  • Public Sociology
  • "Race," Racialization, and Ethnicity
  • Qualitative Methods

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Photo: Susana Martínez-Guillem

Susana Martínez-Guillem

    Associate Professor, Communication and Journalism


Research Areas

  • Critical Discourse Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Rhetorics of Immigration, Race, and Racism
  • Bilingualism/Translanguaging
  • Culture, Places & Spaces

Photo: Kathryn  McKnight

Kathryn McKnight

    Associate Professor and Chair, Spanish and Portuguese


Country Specialization(s)

  • Colombia
  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Afro-Hispanic Narratives and Testimonies
  • Colonial Literature
  • Early Modern Hispanic Nun Writers
  • Latin American Realities and Texts

Photo: Lois Meyer

Lois Meyer

    Professor Emerita, Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
  • Teacher Preparation and Curriculum Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms
  • Language Policy
  • Ethnography of Indigenous Bilingual Education

Photo: Manuel Montoya

Manuel Montoya

    Associate Professor, International Management
    Associate Dean, Planetary Decisionmaking and Inclusion, University College


Research Areas

  • Emerging Economies
  • Expeditionary and Conflict Economics
  • Global Culture and Relations
  • Global Economic Sustainability
  • Global Export Analysis
  • International Trade

Photo: Jennifer  Moore

Country Specialization(s)

  • Honduras
  • El Salvador

Research Areas

  • Comparative International Law
  • Human Rights
  • Justice, Gender, and Civil Society
  • Refugee and Immigrant Rights
  • Transitional Justice

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Photo: Jami  Nelson-Nuñez

Jami Nelson-Nuñez

    Assistant Professor, Political Science


Country Specialization(s)

  • Peru

Research Areas

  • Comparative Politics
  • Local Governance
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Policy
  • Research Methodology
  • Water, Sanitation and Health Issues

Photo: Laura Nervi

Laura Nervi

    Faculty, College of Population Health


Country Specialization(s)

  • Latin America

Research Areas

  • Global Health initiatives in Latin America
  • Health systems reform
  • Health workforce trends
  • Community engagement in health reform

Photo: Anna Nogar

Anna Nogar

    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Spanish and Portuguese


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • Peru

Research Areas

  • Colonial Mexican Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Cultures Of Reading And Exchange
  • Mexican American Literature and Culture
  • New Mexican Literature
  • Transpacific and Transatlantic Colonial Literary Exchanges

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Photo: Suzanne  Oakdale

Suzanne Oakdale

    Associate Professor, Anthropology


Country Specialization(s)

  • Brazil

Research Areas

  • Autobiographical Narrative
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon
  • Personhood and Agency
  • Ritual and Religion
  • Sociocultural Anthropology

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Photo: Barbara  Reyes

Barbara Reyes

    Professor Emerita, History


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • US-Mexico Border

Research Areas

  • Hispanic Frontier History
  • History of Baja California
  • Immigration History
  • Mexican Revolution

Photo: Catherine Rhodes

Catherine Rhodes

    Assistant Professor, Anthropology


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • United States

Research Areas

  • Linguistic Anthropology, Semiotics, Language Diversity and Cognition
  • Modernity, Indigeneity
  • Cultural Practices and Cognitive Development
  • Latino Diaspora in the US

Photo: Ilia  Rodríguez

Ilia Rodríguez

    Associate Professor, Communication and Journalism


Research Areas

  • Multiculturalism
  • News Media
  • Post-Colonial Inter-Ethnic Relations
  • Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class

Photo: Eva  Rodríguez-González

Eva Rodríguez-González

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
    Coordinator, Spanish as a Second Language Program and Portuguese Program


Research Areas

  • Bilingualism
  • Foreign Language Pedagogy
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition

Photo: Levi  Romero

Levi Romero

    Assistant Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies
    Director, New Mexico Cultural Studies Certificate Program


Research Areas

  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Oral History
  • Poetry and Creative Writing
  • Spanish as a Heritage Language

Photo: Patricia  Rosas Lopategui

Patricia Rosas Lopategui

    Assistant Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies


Country Specialization(s)

  • Brazil
  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Spanish American Literature
  • Luzo-Brazilian Literature (1986-1990)
  • Preservation and Publication of Mexican women authors, esp. Elena Garro

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Photo: Eleuterio  Santiago-Díaz

Eleuterio Santiago-Díaz

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese


Country Specialization(s)

  • Caribbean
  • Puerto Rico

Research Areas

  • Critical Theories of Race, Writing, and Modernity
  • Hispanic Caribbean and Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • Latin American Poetry
  • US Latino Caribbean Literature

Photo: Angelica Serna Jerí

Angelica Serna Jerí

    Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
    Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies


Research Areas

  • Indigenous languages in Latin American literature and culture
  • Archives & ethnography
  • Quechua language family
  • Material culture
  • Indigenous cartography in the Americas

Photo: Joshua  Shapero

Joshua Shapero

    Assistant Professor, Anthropology


Country Specialization(s)

  • Peru

Research Areas

  • Linguistics, sociocultural and linguistic anthropology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Ancash Quechua
  • Ethnography, field experiments

Photo: Naomi  Shin

Naomi Shin

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
    Associate Professor, Linguistics


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Research Areas

  • Bilingualism
  • Child Language Development
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Sociolinguistics

Photo: Mia  Sosa-Provencio

Mia Sosa-Provencio

    Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Policy

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • United States

Research Areas

  • Critical Feminist Ethics of Care
  • Critical Multicultural Curriculum/Pedagogy
  • Engaged Literacy
  • Mexicana/o Youth
  • Social Justice/Social Action

Photo: Francisco  Soto Mas

Francisco Soto Mas

    Associate Professor, College of Population Health


Research Areas

  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Health behavior theory
  • Latino health/education issues, health disparities, health communication and literacy
  • Occupation health
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Intervention and Observational Studies

Photo: William  Stanley

William Stanley

    Professor, Political Science
    Director, Latin American and Iberian Institute


Country Specialization(s)

  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua

Research Areas

  • Counterinsurgency
  • Climate Adaptations
  • Military Policies
  • Police and Justice Institutions
  • Political Violence Prevention

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Photo: Loa  Traxler

Loa Traxler

    Associate Professor, Anthropology
    Director, Museum Studies


Country Specialization(s)

  • Honduras
  • Mesoamerica

Research Areas

  • Archaeological Cultural Heritage of the Americas
  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Cultural Heritage and Public Museums
  • Maya Civilization
  • Museum Studies

Photo: Samuel Truett

Samuel Truett

    Associate Professor, History
    Director, Center for the Southwest


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • US-Mexico Border
  • US Southwest

Research Areas

  • Comparative (Global) Borderlands Histories
  • Environmental History
  • Indigenous Histories of the US Southwest and Mexico
  • North American Expansion and Borderlands

Photo: Jennifer  Tucker

Jennifer Tucker

    Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning
    Assistant Professor, Geography


Country Specialization(s)

  • Paraguay
  • Latin America

Research Areas

  • Collective Action
  • Environmental, Labor, and Racial Justice
  • Feminist Ethnography
  • Latin American Development Planning
  • Politics of Development
  • Urban Work

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Photo: Francisco  Uviña-Contreras

Francisco Uviña-Contreras

    Research Lecturer III, Community and Regional Planning
    Director, Historic Preservation and Regionalism Certificate


Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Southwest

Research Areas

  • Historic Preservation and Restoration
  • Latin American Architecture
  • Traditional Building Methods

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Photo: Rosa  Vallejos Yopán

Rosa Vallejos Yopán

    Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor, Linguistics


Country Specialization(s)

  • Amazonia

Research Areas

  • Documentary Fieldwork
  • Documentary and Comparative Linguistics
  • Functional Syntax
  • Indigenous Amazonian Languages (Kokama, Secoya)
  • Language Contact

Photo: Santiago  Vaquera-Vásquez

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese


Research Areas

  • 20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Border Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Mexican American Cultural Studies and Literature
  • US Latino Literature and Culture

Photo: Kira  Villa

Kira Villa

    Assistant Professor, Economics


Research Areas

  • Development Economics (Primary)
  • Health Economics
  • Nutrition
  • Economics of the Family
  • Child Development

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Photo: Nina Wallerstein

Nina Wallerstein

    Professor, College of Population Health
    Director, Center for Participatory Research


Country Specialization(s)

  • Latin America
  • United States

Research Areas

  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Indigenous and Critical Methodologies
  • Empowerment-Based/Freirian Interventions
  • W.H.O. healthy communities in the U.S. and Latin America
  • Tribal community capacity and culturally-centered intervention development with tribes in New Mexico and United States

Photo: Benjamin  Warner

Benjamin Warner

    Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies


Country Specialization(s)

  • Central America
  • Costa Rica

Research Areas

  • Development Studies
  • Latin American Development
  • Mixed Methods
  • Political Economy
  • Vulnerability, Risk, and Adaptation to Environmental Change
  • Water Governance and Institutions

Photo: Richard Wood

Richard Wood

    Professor, Sociology
    Director, Southwest Institute on Religion, Culture, and Society


Country Specialization(s)

  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras

Research Areas

  • Comparative Sociology
  • Community Organizing
  • Comparative Civil Societies
  • Culture in Social Movements
  • Democratic Theory
  • Global/Transnational Sociology
  • Religion